ELLSWORTH — The Bucksport Golden Bucks and the Mount Desert Island Trojans both got back on the winning track in high school football action last weekend.
But for the Ellsworth Eagles, it was another disappointing outcome, this one a 32-14 loss at the hands of the Washington Academy Raiders.
Bucksport 61, Mount View 19
Quarterback Matt Stewart connected on four touchdown passes to lead the Golden Bucks to a lopsided 61-19 win over the Mount View Mustangs on Friday in Bucksport.
The Golden Bucks struck twice in the first period, scoring on a four-yard touchdown run by Jack Cyr and a 21-yard pass from Stewart to Hayden Craig.
Sandwiched between those touchdowns was a 90-kickoff return for a touchdown by Mount View’s Trevor Saucier.
In the second quarter, Stewart upped the Bucksport lead with a 15-yard scoring pass to Dylan Soper.
Mount View responded with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Cole Hannon to Tyler Ripley.
Stewart pushed the lead to 28-12 before the halftime break with a 31-yard scoring pass to Cyr.
The Golden Bucks scored four more times in the third period — on a 31-yard run by Cyr, a 39-yard pass from Stewart to Soper, a 54-yard interception return by Tyler Pye and a 20-yard run by Asher Bowden.
The Mustangs added a touchdown in the fourth period on a five-yard run by Ripley, and Cam Ashley capped Bucksport’s scoring with a 52-yard run.
Carter DeRedin kicked seven extra points for the Golden Bucks.
Stewart completed 10 of 13 passes for 175 yards and Bucksport amassed 286 yards on the ground.
Cyr had 136 yards on 14 carries and Bowden had 82 yards on 10 carries.
Pye led the Golden Bucks defensively with seven solo tackles and two assists and KP Hilaire had five solo tackles, two assists and two sacks.
MDI 38, Hermon 22
The Trojans evened their record at 2-2 as they downed the Hermon Hawks 38-22 in Hermon on Friday.
MDI jumped in front on a seven-yard touchdown run by Sandy Henggeler in the first period.
In the second period, Henggeler scored again from five yards out after a 39-yard run by Jalique Keene.
One minute later, the Trojans struck again, this time on a 62-yard touchdown run by Keene and a two-point conversion pass from Andrew Phelps to Isaiah Keene to make the score 23-0.
Two Hermon touchdowns came in the third period, but the Trojans regained their momentum in the final quarter.
Jalique Keene raced 82 yards for another touchdown, and Henggeler notched his third score on a one-yard plunge, with a two-yard conversion pass from Colby Candage to Keene capping the scoring for MDI.
Hermon added a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the final four minutes of the game.
Washington Academy 34, Ellsworth 14
For the third straight game, the Ellsworth Eagles have shut out their opponent in the second half. The Washington Academy Raiders scored all of their points in the first two quarters of their 34-14 win Friday night at East Machias.
“This was the most complete game we’ve played in varsity history,” Ellsworth coach Duane Crawford said. “We were able to move the ball.”
The Eagles totaled 326 offensive yards and two touchdowns by two junior tight ends Connor Petros and Wally Rumill. Petros had 10 carries for 95 yards, and Rumill had four receptions for 96 yards from sophomore quarterback Jacob Shorey. Shorey completed the game with 230 passing yards.
In the second quarter, Rumill put the Eagles on the board with a 55-yard touchdown catch. Petros scored in the third quarter on a 27-yard run. Rumill caught Shorey’s pass for the two-point conversion to make the score 34-14.
Crawford said the Eagles made their way into the red zone on three other occasions, but the team couldn’t quite get into the end zone.
“It could have been a different game,” he said. “Their JV players never got on the field.”
The game also marks the third straight matchup where Ellsworth played their opponents’ varsity team for all four quarters.
“Last year, after halftime, teams were usually starting to gear down,” Crawford said, citing the frequent lopsided scores of more than 50-point deficits. “This year, with the exception of the first game, we’ve been holding them to 30-something points.”
On defense, Devin Wright led the Eagles with six solo tackles and four assists. Robert Cooper contributed five solo tackles and one assist.
For Washington Academy, Colin Pineo led the Raiders with 186 yards and two touchdowns, including a 46-yard touchdown catch.
The Eagles fell to 0-4 for the season and are still seeking their first win as a varsity program.
To Crawford, his team gets a little closer every week.